The book explores what it means to be fit for purpose in life: physically, mentally and spiritually. It describes the problems we face, both individually and as communities, and succinctly summarizes the evidence for the key factors that determine our wellbeing. It lays down a challenge to avoid treating physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing as separate. Using knowledge and experience of the worlds of medicine, behavioral change and Christian faith, Dr. Pile presents real life case studies and provides practical recommendations for making changes whether for ourselves, our faith community or wider society.
Ricahrd Pile is a GP with over twenty years of medical experience. Raised in Manchester, he went to medical school in Nottingham and completed his GP training in Oxfordshire. He specialises in cardiology and lifestyle medicine. He is involved in training, appraising and supporting other doctors and commissions health services. He is married with four children, the oldest of whom has a learning disability and severe epilepsy. As a result of his professional and personal life experience, Richard is a passionate advocate of lifestyle medicine. He believes that our conventional medical model is disease-based and broken. He advocates a health-based model which offers us the chance to take control of and improve our lives. A blogger and podcaster, he has also been published in the British Medical Journal and national media. He also presents at conferences on the subject of wellbeing and lifestyle medicine. He is the clinical GP lead for Thrive Tribe, an award-winning national healthy lifestyle service provider and is co-founder of Living Life Better, an organisation that helps people overcome challenges and achieve their ambitions. Outside of work, Richard enjoys running, biking, dog walking, reading, listening to music, practising mindfulness, drinking proper beer and spending time with his friends and family.